This Week in Petroleum History, October 16 to October 22

 

October 16, 1931 – Natural Gas Pipeline Record

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A 1931 natural gas pipeline extended 980 miles across three states.

America’s first long-distance, high-pressure natural gas pipeline went into service during the Great Depression, linking prolific Texas Panhandle gas fields to consumers in Chicago.

A.O. Smith Corporation had developed the technology of thin-walled longitudinal pipe and Continental Construction Corporation ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society

This Week in Petroleum History, October 9 to October 15

 

October 9, 1999 – Converted Offshore Platform launches Rockets

Sea Launch, a Boeing-led consortium of companies from the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Norway, began commercial launches in 1999 using Ocean Odyssey, a modified semi-submersible drilling platform. It launched a Russian rocket carrying a DIRECTV satellite. By 2014 the Ocean Odyssey made 36 similar launches. The former petroleum platform’s last launch was in May ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society

This Week in Petroleum History, October 2 to October 8

 

October 2, 1919 – Future “Mr. Tulsa” incorporates Skelly Oil

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Born near Pennsylvania’s early oilfields, independent oilman William Skelly’s company helped make Tulsa the “Oil Capital of the World.”

Skelly Oil Company incorporated in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with founder William Grove Skelly as president. He had been born in 1878 in Erie, Pennsylvania, where his father hauled oilfield equipment ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society

This Week in Petroleum History, September 25 to October 1

 

September 25, 1922 – First New Mexico Oil Well

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More than 120,000 wells have been drilled in New Mexico since its first oil well of 1922.

Midwest Refining Company launched the New Mexico petroleum industry by completing the state’s first commercial oil well on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Drilled near Shiprock, the Hogback No. 1 well produced 375 barrels ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society